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Samuel Adams Octoberfest - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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6,480 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,480
Reviews: 2,013
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.17%
Wants: 76
Gots: 896 | FT: 1
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Märzen / Oktoberfest |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of JMD
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich copper color with small white head that fades quickly. Leaves very little lacing.

S: Faint aroma of toasted carmel malt and some spice.

T: Carmel malt and bread. Hints of vanilla and other spices. Finishes with some light hops.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Good texture for the style.

D: Sam Adams Octoberfest is consistantly good. It's not the best Marzen out there, but still a solid offering.

JMD, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of earthboundagain
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From Notes

On-tap at Buffalo Wild Wings in Parkersburg, WV. Served in a 23oz hefeweizen glass, sigh.

Appearance: Amber color with nice head leaves a tad bit o lacing.

Smell: Not much here in this year's batch, some malt and some herbal notes.

Taste: About the same as the nose, tastes watered down. I was hoping for a little more, and I know that this beer company can do more.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, sigh.

Drinkability: This one goes down pretty easy, like water, too bad water isn't what I wanted.

Thoughts: I love Sam Adams beers, in my area the BBC was the most available craft beer for years. I am saddened at this beer, in years past it has been much better.

earthboundagain, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of ommegoose
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Head formation and retention was low. Good color though. Copper with good clarity.

Sweet. Some grain. Little, if any, hops.

Malty, of course. Bready and a little bit caramelly. Lightly hoppy on the finish. Finishes rather short, with slightly musty grain and some earthy hops. It tastes like it's supposed to and all, but it's a bit bland.

The body is on the lighter side, making for a quaffable beer. That's what I want from an Oktoberfest. Really smooth carbonation.

I want to dock points for the incorrect spelling of Oktoberfest. But this is their thing I guess (Double Bock). It's a drinkable beer. I could have a few in a sitting. Not something I'd run out and buy annually, but it's competently done, and cheap, and better than some other common ones.

ommegoose, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a clear deep amber brown color. 2 finger tannish head that dies down after a short period. Lacing all over the sides of the glass stick and fall back into the glass from time to time.

S- Big caramel malt upfront. There is a burnt toast smell with this as well. Very faint piney hop hint to this as well

T- Like the aroma there is a big sweet malt upfront. Slight metallic hint to this. Herbal hops in the back of this as well. Nice toffee flavors come through in the middle and dies down in the backdrop of this beer.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel. Carbonation level is almost dead on with the style. I could maybe use a spec more carbonation to be honest. Malty tones come over everything while on the palate. Good malty aftertaste in this beer.

D- This is a very drinkable beer that people who don't like the style or crafts even enjoy. Sam Adams once again hits the nail on the head with this style. Good job Sam Adams...good job.

alleykatking, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of Lldeegan
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle poured a nice deep orange with a finger of white head, tiny bubbles, not overly carbonated. There wasn't much of an aroma to this beer, light malt, maybe some caramel.
The taste beats the smell by far. The lack of aroma led me to be very surprised, by a nice sweet caramel taste, sweet malt and very little bitterness in the finish. Leaves a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. It is has a pretty good drinkability, nice to have a few as the summer is ending.

Lldeegan, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of cdrogers
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance/color: Very deep orange-amber in color, which definitely reminds me of something to drink in the fall.

Smell: Is sweet smelling but not too overpowering.

Taste: It has a good balance of bittering and aroma hops, so I have to say it has a very balanced taste. The caramel definitely comes through in the malt and the head is held nicely with a good pour. Just like most Samuel Adams brews, when the head is nicely formed the aroma shines. Regardless, it's still an excellent taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and sweet on the tongue. It reminds me of brown sugar.

Drinkability: Definitely a seasonal beer. The sweetness would be too much to drink regularly.

Final thoughts: Definitely recommend this one to everyone. It's something really special and enjoys a good glass.

cdrogers, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of baos
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce into Falstaff goblet.

A: Dark Orange-amber in color with two fingers white head that dwindles down pretty quick with bits of lacing here and there.

S: Bit of toasty malts and a bit of hops.

T: Pretty good. Malty with hints of redman and herby hops. Kind of bland but still a good beer. I just would like more flavors here.

M: Could use a bit more.

D: Pretty good. I could have a sixer in the pumpkin patch, and throw pumpkin guts all over the tourists.

baos, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of NeutroMan
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pinstripes in Glenview (sitting in the Adirondack chairs by their fire pit). Served in a straight pint glass. Reviewed from notes 18 September 2009.

Appearance: Clear dark amber color with decent sized head that recedes to a persistent cap and leaves good sticky lacing.

Smell: Some caramel malts, toasted bread and moderate herbal hop aroma.

Taste: Consistent with the nose - sweet malts, slightly metallic taste. Some herbal hop spiciness. Like most Boston Beer Co offerings, malts and hops are wonderfully balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-light-bodied. Malts are a bit chewy.

Drinkability: This one goes down pretty easy.

NeutroMan, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange to gold with a forced 2-finger head. Good retention. Nice lacing. Not the best color, but a good-looking beer.

Nose is all malt, what nose there is. Very faint indications of bread and toast. Not a lot going on here.

Hits the tongue very sweet and finishes even sweeter. Slight clove flavor. Very nice for the style.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, but again that is to be expected.

Overall easy drinker and worth another when better alternatives are not available.

beer2day, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've reviewed this beer on this site before, but that review has since disappeared, so am writing another. This was purchased as part of the brewmaster 12 pack. 12 oz bottle. OG=14 plato, 180 kcal/12oz. 5.4% ABV. Brewed with 2-row Harrington, Metcalfe, Munich-10, 2-row Moravian, and Caramel 60. Hopped with Tettnanger and Hallertau-Mittlefruh.

Pours out to a clear medium amber, forming a nice sized whipped off-yellow head with good retention and nice sheets of lace. The carbonation level is moderate. The aroma is mild with some toasted malts, nuts (almonds?), toast, some herbal hops when swirled, and some sour milk when swirled. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. The taste opens with some spicy but not overwhelming hops up front, then is followed by some nice pale and alber malts in the middle, imparting a decent toast and grain husk note. Bitterness is moderate, and the aftertaste is composed of tobacco and herbal hops.

A decent drinkable oktoberfest. Not one of the smoothest or most drinkable out there (i.e-I'll stick to Ayinger), but a decent mass produced US version of a classic style.

Mitchster, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of CupcakeNY
2.42/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Decided to try this, though I have not been that impressed with Sam Adams lately. And I was once again disappointed. Poured a medium brown, with little head, whatever there was quickly dissipated. Nose was a bit malty, with yeasty notes, but not overpowering or complex. Mouth feel was much thinner than I expected, watery, and relatively tasteless. Finish was somewhat unpleasant, a bit sour. All in all, I would not buy it again.

CupcakeNY, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of bolus14
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review, and I'm coming from drinking the good 'ol shitty American macro brews!! With that said there is a huge difference in smell, taste, mouth feel, etc.

Smell to me is sweeter (spices) with a hint of bread dough, I assume this is a roasted malt smell.

Taste, well there is a lot more than the macros. Not being able to separate the individual characteristics I would say caramel/tofee malts upfront then a very slight hop bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little "heavier" than the macros but still smooth and easy going down just enough carbonation.

Drinkability, this is the first beer I've had that I can sip, chug, actually enjoy without feeling like I have to force down the last half off the bottle.
Update - After over a year of trying craft and macro micro brews this still remains my favorite. I can drink this after mowing the yard, playing cards, watching football, playing darts, you name it this beer works.

bolus14, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of ruckus232
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Nice amber in color with an off-white head

Smell: Very sweet smelling malts with a little bit of spices in the background

Taste: Well it has a nice sweet flavor (slightly like caramel) with only a little bit of spiciness. Very smooth feel and a nice medium/light body. There is a pleasant aftertaste which is also sweet but with a little bit of earthiness.

ruckus232, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark amber color. 1 finger foamy beige head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a little blanket of bubbly foam on the surface. A little beer ring lacing remains, but mostly recedes back into the brew.

S: Oaky roasted malt, nuts, and butterscotch.

T: Malt is peaty and nutty. A little pungent, and a little sweet.

M: A little overly-carbonated. Light but hearty. The peaty flavor remains.

D: Good flavor and body makes for a pleasant drink.

Pretty solid appearance, and a pleasing nose. Flavor is pretty uncomplicated, but also full enough. Overall, this is a pretty solid quaff.

bmwats, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single 12oz. just to say that I have tried it.

- Rich red clear tone with off-white head that quickly leaves just a ring of lace and some floating..

- A nice malty sweetness with a touch of spice and bittering hop. That's about it!

- Sweet malt madness.. great mix of earthy and caramel malt with a creamy aspect to it.. nice blend of spices, pumpkin, squash.. cream and light bitter hop.

- Little dry and chewy.. some stickiness..

- Not bad at all, very smooth flavor with just the right touch of everything.

Docer, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of PerroGrande
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep golden/copper color with moderate head that (unfortunately) fades away to nearly nothing with little remnants on the glass.

The aroma of this beer is malty and pleasing. I find a few hints of caramel in the aroma as well.

This is a tasty beer with nice malty characteristics balanced by some gentle hops finish. Not overly bitter, but certainly not a sweet beer. After giving this beer a chance to warm up a bit and breathe, more character and subtlety appears. Very late, the hops fades in favor of malt and caramel hints.

Mouthfeel is smooth with acceptable amounts of carbonation. Not overly creamy, but not watery.

Drinkability is also good. I want another one!

This is certainly a decent example of a domestic Oktoberfest beer. Very drinkable, refreshing, and enjoyable overall.

PerroGrande, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Pils style glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a crystal clear shiny bright copper orange color with a ¼" tan head that soon recedes to small ring and minimal surface cover. Sipping leaves light speckled lacing throughout most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is a nice blend of rich bready caramel malt with faint spicy hop well integrated into the background

Taste: The flavor is fresh, clean, and dominated by the bready malt that has a rich sweet caramel flavor and touches of nuttiness. This is backed up by faint hop spiciness which never dominates, just supports.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is smooth and medium-bodied with a light steady carbonation. The finish is medium length and mostly soft sweetness from the malt tapering off to a dry and lightly spicy end from the hops

Drinkability: I quite like this beer. It is very drinkable and well worth returning to. While it is not a challenging beer it is a solid well made beer and would serve well for an evening's drinking, dining and conversation with friends.

drtth, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of blackearth
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the 2009 offering. Pouring into the perfect pint showed a dark orange-amber body with a rocky off-white head. Aroma is mainly sticky-sweet malts. Medium bodied with big toasted and caramel malt flavors and a hint of spice in the sweet finish. No hops detected anywhere. Overall a pretty good beer.

blackearth, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- amber color, clear

Smell- sweet, malty

Taste- malty

Mouthfeel- smooth, medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. Sam Adams usually does pretty good. Good beer for parties and getting together with lots of people and such, I would drink it again.

jeffjeff1, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of joozyboozy
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer is a beautiful dark brown amber color. very clear with carbonation bubbles on the side of the class. it has a wonderful sweet and malty smell. and the same with the taste. the sweetness carries out to an almost pumpkin taste, but very delicious all together. smooth and lightly carbonated, this beer is very drinkable!!!

joozyboozy, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a couple on tap last night at the Uno's in Bowie.

A- Bright clear copper with a one finger white bubbly head. The waiter actually made it a point to bring it pretty quick after it was poured. Small carbination streamers for the rest of the glass.

S- All I really got was toasted malts. Not sure if its because of the restaraunt enviroment or the beer. Have to try it again at home.

T- Caramel and sweet toasted malts.

M- Medium to light body, a little carbination tingle and a little dry at the finish.

D- Very easily a session brew. Had a few with dinner but will definitely pick up a 6 pack to try it bottled.

tatoodkelt, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold from a bottle to a glass

A - cedar/reddish color, lots of head at first but settles quick. Signs of little carbonation

S - Sweet hop smell with a hint of malt

T - Sweet hop taste with a mild malted after taste but smooth going down

M - Medium flavor but smooth, no signs of any gritty feeling

D - This is a beer that I can have more than one of, the sweet flavor and smoothness going down makes a good beer to have and to share(if you like).

FreshmanPour77, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of jacobseyb
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A=deep amber/copper color with one finger of slightly off white head

S=sweet malty aromas with a hint of hops very nice balance

T=sweet caramel malts with a hint of hoppy bitterness

M=light carbonation and a minor aftertaste

D=very enjoyable and drinkable

jacobseyb, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange-amber red and very clear. A nice head forms, then fades. There are no bubbles in this beer at all once the head leaves.

Smell: Some caramel malt that smells kinda sweet. Anything else? Not much.

Taste: It actually tastes pretty good. Pretty simple and straightforward. Pleasingly sweet and nice malty flavors. Nice and clean finish. Low bitterness. Not a lot of complexity, but easy drinking, and good.

Mouthfeel: It would be better, but is hurt by the low carbonation. It almost feels a little flat. Not sure where the head came from, cause this thing is almost lifeless.

Drinkability: More carbonation would go a long way, but it really tastes pretty good. Inexpensive seasonal sessioner.

rapidsequence, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, copper, huge head

Smell: toasted malt and a bit of caramel

Taste: toasted malt, grains, and some caramel

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly sweet

Drinkability: This was the first marzen I tried ages ago and it is still good. The flavor profile is consistent and enjoyable in the fall. The style is not overly complex, but if marzen is what you want this is certainly sessionable.

tigg924, Sep 14, 2009
Samuel Adams Octoberfest from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
83 out of 100 based on 6,480 ratings.